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Lady Lever Art Gallery, Birkenhead

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4.8/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web
The Lady Lever Art Gallery was opened in 1922 by Princess Beatrice who was the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria; the museum was founded and built by the industrialist and philanthropist Lord Leverhulme. The museum is a significant surviving example of late Victorian and Edwardian taste. The Lady Lever Art Gallery is set in the garden village of Port Sunlight. It houses major collections of fine and decorative art, along with many of the world famous Pre-Raphaelite artworks and Chinese ceramics and Wedgwood jasperware. The collections are an expression of Lord Leverhulme’s personal and favorite taste. He also mainly bought pictures which in his opinion would attract the housewives who were his main customers. He began collecting art in the late 19th century to use as advertising for the popular Sunlight Soap brand that helped to create his fortune therefore at this point he was collecting arts for business, but as he grew richer his collections began to expand, his confidence grew as well and had developed a taste for collecting. He mostly collected British art, he was also fascinated by Chinese art i.e.
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  • Excellent gallery plus information input the Leverhulme family. Variety of exhibitions. Good cafe, reasonably priced 
  • Today I had a superb tour of the newly refurbished South end Gallery. Cliff, our tour guide, was passionate and knowledgeable. A great combination. The paintings sit so wonderfully well in context. Ev...  read more »
  • Out first visit there. Impressed with the architecture, collection and the staff. Thank you. The Gallery boast a superb collection of both fine and decorative art, including Wedgwood and a number of m...  read more »
  • Wonderful place - so many great works of art to see in a truly beautiful building. They have trails and quizzes for children, good, helpful information about the stuff on display and a lovely cafe which serves great food. And all in the gorgeous, picturesque setting of Port Sunlight. Highly recommended.
  • Absolutely LOVE this place, it's a gorgeous, historic building in a lovely, relaxing setting and the art works are AMAZING. Friendly staff, free parking, children's activities, decent cafe.. William Lever's legacy is well worth a visit ☺
  • Absolutely beautiful place to visit. Amazing artwork and artifacts along with a children's play area.
  • Truly awe inspiring. A real surprise and an astounding collection of maybe not well known art pieces, but definitely well worth seeing. The architecture is astounding. Well worth the visit.
  • I really like drawing and I am quite good at art and I think this place had some very good art in it
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